I Am a Secret Service Agent: My Life Spent Protecting the President
I Am a Secret Service Agent skillfully describes the duties and challenges of conducting presidential advances, dealing with the media, driving the President in a bullet-proof limousine, running alongside him through the streets of Washington, and flying with him on Air Force One. With fascinating anecdotes, Emmett weaves keen insight into the unique culture and history of the Secret Service with the inner workings of the White House. I Am A Secret Service Agent is a must read for young adults interested in a career in federal law enforcement.
Emmett was a young, impressionable boy growing up in the South when President Kennedy was assassinated. The event made such an impression on him that he enlisted in Marine Corps, served his time there, and then made a concerted effort to break into the ranks of the secret service. He eventually was hired, and made his way up to working at the white house. He worked for presidents from Ronald Reagan and was personally in charge of the safety of Bill and Hillary Clinton before he joined the CIA in 2004.
There are lots of details about weapons, strategies, and a huge variety of trips taken with the presidents to exotic locations, all while on high alert for any and all threats to the president.
Readers who like nonfiction books detailing what life is like in the secret service, such as Butts' Bodyguards: From Gladiators to the Secret Service and Janeczko's Double Cross will love reading this memoir with their sunglasses on and one eye watching the door!